We’ve written about this subject before, here at the Dental Health Blog, more than once. However, thanks to the relentless advertising on television and radio of a certain “national chain” of dental offices, we’re asked about the practice of one day tooth replacement on an almost daily basis. Plus, we now see pernicious advertising for “teeth in an hour,” or “All-on-4” tooth replacement therapies hammering the airwaves and the internet.
For those of us in the know, this type of advertising is very frustrating because, while it is true that there are patients who can benefit from these quick fix tooth replacement procedures, for the vast majority, they are only a temporary solution.
Franchised dental care is “One-size-fits-all”
The largest of the so-called national chains that offer tooth replacement in a day is actually a franchise operation. Similar in operation to a fast food restaurant or convenience store, these providers offer a limited menu of highly profitable dental procedures, most of which are based on the principle that there is a single solution to all their patients’ needs. This is simply not true, as we have found in serving our community for more than 20 years at our Littleton area prosthodontist office.
As we have said many times before, the one-size-fits-all approach to dentistry may not be the best solution for you, as an individual, with individualized needs. The placement of dental implants is a surgical procedure, after all, not a robotic process performed on an indistinguishable component part. What we do affects real human beings and, as with any type of surgery, there is a healing process involved which directly affects the placement of your new dental prosthetic.
A best-scenario for you would be the placement of a temporary prosthetic on your dental implants, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile normally, but which will need to be replaced or adjusted in some 3-6 months, dependent entirely upon how quickly you heal from the implant surgery. Ultimately, using dental implant to anchor a dental bridge, partial dentures, or even full dentures will likely be the perfect tooth replacement therapy for you but, it is highly unlikely to be a quick fix. Remember the old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”
If you’ve been considering dental implant therapy, we strongly recommend you ignore the advertising and make an appointment to see us today, instead.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all of your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.